The environmental analysis began with the completion of an initial study which defined the scope of the General Plan Update and determined if the project would have the potential to adversely affect the environment. The Initial Study identified several environmental categories that could be affected and concluded that an Environmental Impact Report be prepared for the project. The EIR process began in September of 2013 when staff organized four scoping meetings to allow any interested party the ability to identify the range of actions, alternatives, and mitigation measures to be analyzed in the EIR. The analysis in the EIR addressed these comments and focused its analysis on the environmental categories where significant impacts were identified. On January 22, 2015 a Notice of Availability (NOA) was released to the public and other agencies signifying the completion of the Draft Environmental Impact Report. The public will have 60 days to review and comment on the analysis, methodology, or conclusions in the report. The public review process will run from January 22, 2015 to March 24, 2015.
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The Land Use Element provides general direction and guidance for the physical development of a city with two major components. At the core of the Land Use Element are the eight Guiding Principles and a series of goals and policies that demonstrate the relationship between land use policies and policies that foster high quality design, the arts and culture, sustainable infrastructure, a vital economy, exemplary public services, and public involvement and participation. The update to the Land Use Element also consists of implementationmeasures to aid in enacting the new policies, a Glossary of Terms used in the document and a Technical Appendix.The second component is the Land Use Diagram which depicts the general distribution, location, and density of land uses in the city based on the policies of the General Plan and existing land uses. The Land Use Diagram visually represents the concepts of neighborhood protection, targeted growth around transit centers and corridors, encouraging alternative forms of transportation and fostering a healthy economy.
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The Mobility Element addresses all modes of travel such as walking, bicycling, transit, driving, and provides a guide for the continuing development of the transportation system to support planned growth. It contains measures for the implementation of goals and policies, and addresses the requirements of California state law regarding the transportationneeds of the community within the context of the region.
The update to the Mobility element consists of new goals and objectives, which address complete streets, a bicycle transportation plan, and short-range transit plan.
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